My doctor finally gave in...

By kaiya2465 Latest Reply 2011-11-09 12:45:11 -0600
Started 2011-11-07 15:32:05 -0600

I kept asking the doctor for that Glucose Tolerance Test along with the A1C. Well he finally put it on the orders I do that this Wednesday. What should I expect? I understand it will take about 3 hrs.


33 replies

kaiya2465 2011-11-09 11:52:34 -0600 Report

Ok, here is the scoop…Where he is stating I am pre-diabetic is that I have Dysmetabolic Syndrome x (a new term to learn). I am still to check my BG everyday. Can someone help me to understand this, or point me in the right direction?…Thank you

kdroberts 2011-11-09 12:14:26 -0600 Report

Interesting, your doctor may be ahead of the curve. Google syndrome x and you will get plenty of info. It's very closely related to diabetes.

kaiya2465 2011-11-09 12:26:48 -0600 Report

I googled it. That still is making no sense to me, because he went over the 5 check points with me & all of it was normal…Sorry that I am not getting it.

kdroberts 2011-11-09 12:37:36 -0600 Report

In a nutshell its a group of problems that put together increase your risk of diabetes and heart problems. There is no standard diagnosing criteria but the various ones that exist revolve around having 3 or more from impaired glucose tolerance, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high waist size, and reduced kidney function. Mostly it's a pick 1 from list a and 2 from list b and you have the diagnosis. Diabetes organizations have the blood sugar stuff in list a, heart organizations put heart stuff in list a.

kaiya2465 2011-11-09 12:45:11 -0600 Report

Ok, All the stuff listed on the pages I read & with what you mentioned..It is all normal. So there has to be something that he isn't telling me, or something I am missing. I weigh 112, 5'4", BP is 90/70, he even stated that my good cholesterol is really good, that he wished he had more patients with perfect "good cholesterol". I will keep reading I guess. Thank you

TsalagiLenape 2011-11-09 09:13:48 -0600 Report

Go and get a full CBC make sure to ask them for a test on your HGBA1C. This is the key test to see if you are pre-diabetic, diabetic or not. CBC is a Complete Blood Count and the HGBA1C is the Glucose Glycosylated Hemaglobin. I hope this helps you. Thank you for letting my new found knowledge help you. Yes I am studying Phlebotomy. Have a great day!:)

kaiya2465 2011-11-09 07:09:45 -0600 Report

Well Today is the day I find out if my GP is really a quack, I hope not. I am going to be smiling, but pushing for answers…I will get to the bottom of things even if it drives me insane…lol…Wish me luck!!! Will update when I get home.
Hugs to all for putting up with me this long.

Type1Lou 2011-11-08 17:23:46 -0600 Report

I was given a GTT 35 years ago when I was first diagnosed with diabetes. I remember drinking the "Glucola" which was like coke but 10 times sweeter! (Ick!) I hope you have the test done so you can find out how your body handles the glucose and determine truly whether you have diabetes or not. Please keep us posted.

TsalagiLenape 2011-11-08 08:11:34 -0600 Report

GTT or Glucose tolerance test is a 3 hour test. To see how well you handle the glucose. Its done over a 3 hour time period. After you do the drink, you will get blood draws (by the way I am studying for phlebotomy aka blood work) in a time line. First draw is 30 minutes after the drink, then by the hour. You cant leave the area drink or eat anything and I believe you will fast prior to this. You can have a few sips of water prior. But I do mean SIPS no gulps! Otherwise it will be rescheduled for you which you dont want. Once the results come back, there will be a graph of your blood levels to show where it spikes and etc. This is usually done when a patient is pregnant or possibly diabetic. So I hope this clears up the confusion. I just hope you get a good phlebotomists. Good Luck!

kaiya2465 2011-11-08 11:04:17 -0600 Report

Wow…Now I am lost. Had a call from the doctor this mornin..he is changing his tune. I am now NOT pre-diabetic…Grrrr Time to look for another GP I guess. This makes no sense!!!!!

GabbyPA 2011-11-08 14:31:53 -0600 Report

Time to change....this is crazy. They can be wrong and make a diagnosis, but this is just nuts. Is it the cost of the test that he is deciding he doesn't want to do it?

kaiya2465 2011-11-08 14:53:25 -0600 Report

That is what I thought by reading other posts. I am not sure if he is going to do it now. I am so tired of playing these games…It's not his health he is toying with. Thanks Gabby, will let you know tomorrow what happened.

GabbyPA 2011-11-08 14:55:33 -0600 Report

Be strong with him. If you are paying for it, then what does he care if it is getting done? I tell you. I have learned to push them a bit and you have to fight sometimes. I hate doing it, but you are right. It is YOUR health, not his. Maybe he needs to be reminded of that.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-09 09:05:22 -0600 Report

I agree with Gabby to take the test anyway, just to be on the safe side. And totally find a new GP if you can, this one sounds like he can't figure out anything! That is not good! Praying for you. Blessings, Mickey

eristar 2011-11-08 05:46:33 -0600 Report

I have had this twice, many years ago when I was pregnant with my son and they determined I had gestational diabetes. With me they only checked my fasting sugar before hand and then again three hours after the drinking of that fabulous stuff. Mine tasted like undiluted frozen lemonade concentrate. I did NOT like it, although being pregnant probably didn't help matters. Good luck!

granniesophie 2011-11-08 05:16:35 -0600 Report

OK< I gotta agree with KD, BUT this was just my own experience, mind you! It was a gross orange drink, and it made me so nauseated that I did nothing but walk around between blood draws! And it came back fine, go figure…I still can't look any orange type drink in the face without remembering!!
I hope your experience is much better and you get the answers you want. Fingers crossed :)

kdroberts 2011-11-07 16:18:07 -0600 Report

A gross drink and multiple blood draws. Bring things to do because you will have a lot of waiting around.

GabbyPA 2011-11-07 18:30:40 -0600 Report

Oh it is not THAT gross of a drink. Mine was always orange. LOL We used to get to watch a movie and trust me, you will see most of it. They draw on a 30 minuted schedule for about 3 hours. Meaning 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and so on. At least that is how mine were done. Just hope you have a good phlabatomist.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-11-07 16:02:32 -0600 Report

Good news Kaiya, it pays to stand up for proper care!!


kaiya2465 2011-11-07 16:30:34 -0600 Report

It sure does, but he has an ear full coming on that day too…I have not slept in 3 days, & I am so tired that I was wishing I would just pass out. But again the doctor isn't listening.

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